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Legal Topics: Copyright

Statutes, Rules and related sources: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8.
  • Title 17, United States Code
  • Minnesota Statutes index topic, Copyright
  • Resources:

  • Copyright, resources from the United States Copyright Office.
  • Copyright, from Wex, the legal encyclopedia from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.
  • Copyright Information and Resources, from the University of Minnesota Libraries.
  • Copyright Law and Public Domain, from Nolo.
  • Copyright questions and answers for information professionals: from the columns of Against the Grain - Gasaway, Laura N. - KF3030.1 .G375 2013
  • Fair Use, resources from the Center for Social Media.
  • Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: What Every Writer Needs to Know (12th ed., Nolo 2014). KF2995 .F53 2014
  • Public Domain: How to find & use copyright free writings, music, art, & more, 7th ed. - Fishman, Stephen - NOLO - KF3022 .F575 2014
  • Patent, copyright & trademark - Richard Stim KF2980 .E44 2012
  • Search copyright information for works registered and documents recorded by the U.S. Copyright Office since January 1, 1978.
  • Understanding Copyright, 6th ed. - Ruandolph, Mary - KF2994 .L43 2014
  • What's Wrong with Copying? K 1447.15 .D73 2015 (Harvard U. Press, 2015).

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